Originally hoped to debut this summer at The Linq Promenade, Virgil’s Real Barbecue is officially aiming for a fall opening date and new permits hint the very quiet construction site will soon become a blaze of activity.
New paperwork notes the project allocating an estimated $2,052,000 in construction costs for the two-level restaurant. The current footprint has increased in size from 14,000 to 15,478 square feet.
Taking over the long-shuttered Asian street market-themed F.A.M.E. dining bazaar on the ground floor Virgil's features a 1,173-square-foot patio with seating for 52 diners and a 6,428-square-foot main dining room designed for 150, with 24 seats around and close to the bar. A stage will be built in the section of F.A.M.E. once occupied by Fukuburger, ready to host nightly live music sessions.
Heading upstairs, the upper dining room is a similar 6,117-square-foot in size and can accommodate 110, with 10 around a smaller bar. The upper level attraction is the 1,780-square-foot patio adjacent to The Linq Hotel and Casino pool, squeezing in 92 seats and 18 more at yet another bar.
Plans for a movable drinks kiosk known as "The Shack" to be wheeled out onto the Promenade are still being considered.
Imported from New York by Alicart Restaurant Group, who operate Carmine's at the Forum Shops at Caesars, executive chef Neal Corman’s menu will be inspired by the regional barbecue flavors of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri.